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Carrying forward a legacy
When Linkin Park burst on to the international stage with Hybrid Theory their music was just that – hybrid. Often slotted as nu-metal, the American rap-rock group has given fans some great tracks over the last decade and with their latest album Living Things, the band is simply carrying forward their musical journey. However, the experimentation has now given way to a familiar sounding tune and there is a sense of identity to the band’s song list on this one, a trait that was absent so far from the artistes so far. This is not a bad thing per se although it means that the number of new sounds have drastically gone down in Living Things.
The album begins with Lost In The Echo, a familiar Linkin Park with electro rock blending in signature style with Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda belting out vocals like fans are used to hearing them. A good introduction to the album. In My Remains picks up from the band’s politically leaning side and the production value on this track shows the comfort level of the band. The verses on this one make this a repeat song instantly.
This is followed by Burn It Down, the lead single that was first released from the album. The synth in this track is unlike the band’s music but the tune is infectious and the track quickly becomes one of the top songs in the album by the time it ends. Lies Greed Misery, the next track, is a bass-heavy and programmed drums induced shoutfest where Bennington and the sound are both vying to come out on top. This makes the next track, I’ll Be Gone, an ode to loneliness with simplistic musical arrangement, a bit disconcerting to listen to when it begins but the song picks up pace as it moves along. Don’t miss the guitar riffs on this one, they’re definitely a treat to the ears.
Which brings us to Castle Of Glass, one of the most lyrically engaging tracks from the band that fuses with a simple yet distinct musical arrangement, taking the song straight to the top for us. Victimized, which starts heavy and doesn’t let up until it’s done is the first major disappointment in the album as it rushes through without giving itself any pause.
Up next is Road Untravelled, a piano inspired number reminiscent of Numb that goes from soft to hard rock with Bennington’s signature voice powering this track to a great end. Skin To Bone sounds a little plastic-ky as it begins and it’s difficult to shake off that feeling as the song ends and is one of the lesser interesting tracks in the album .
Until It Breaks is a powerful Mike Shinoda infused rap number that sounds like Eminen took over the song in parts. Still, the track manages to hold its own because of some amazing production values. This is one entertaining track that will definitely grow on you. Tinfoil is a instrumental track that holds much promise and almost delivers on it. And finally, on the last track called Powerless, the band comes together like nothing else and the collaboration shows. From soaring vocals to thumping music and music that only these guys are capable of creating, the song leaves you wanting for more and is an instant appetizer for their next album.
Guylife Rating: ****
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